About the DOE Data Explorer

The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) is an information tool to help you locate DOE's collections of data and non-text information and, at the same time, retrieve individual datasets within some of those collections. It includes collection citations prepared by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, as well as records for individual datasets submitted from DOE Data Centers and other organizations.

All of the collections and all of the individual datasets result from research and development funded in whole or in part by the Department of Energy. Many of the collections reflect combined funding - DOE's combined with that from other agencies or the private sector.

Collections of Data and Non-Text Information

DOE Data Explorer's collections are intended to be particularly useful to students, the public, and to researchers who are new to a field or looking for experimental or observational data outside their normal field of expertise. Each collection is funded either in whole or in part by the Department of Energy. The collections reside at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the websites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations. All of the collections are available for free access, although some require password registration.

A key component of each collection citation is a link that takes you directly to the data at the host website. This allows you to see and utilize the highly specialized interfaces that have been developed for many of these collections. The interfaces provide customized ways to search data, compare sets of data, visualize data, and package it for download and reuse.

Use the Browse or Search functionalities to learn what data are available to you, where those collections are, and then link to them. New collections are added to the database as they are identified and if they meet the criteria for inclusion. If you manage, use, or know of a collection that you believe we should include, we encourage you to contact us.

Individual Datasets and Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

In FY2011, records describing individual datasets began to flow into OSTI. OSTI is a member of and a registering agency for DataCite and has the authority to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets submitted by DOE and its contractors or grantees. The assigning and registration of a DOI for every dataset submitted is a free service provided by OSTI to enhance DOE's management of this important resource. See OSTI's Data ID Service on the DDE home page for more information about DOIs for data.